Fence Post obituary: Robert Miech
ROBERT MIECH, 81
JULY 2, 1936 – JULY 7, 2017
Robert Miech, 81, of Laramie died on July 7, 2017, losing his battle with cancer. Bob was born July 2, 1936, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Mike and Hedwick (Krezelok) Miech of Ulm, Wyo.
Bob spent his youth at Ulm going to school through the eighth grade in a one room school house. After eighth grade he moved to Sheridan, living with an elderly lady, working for his room and board in order to finish his high school education. During the summer he worked on ranches and one summer he worked on the railroad. He graduated from Sheridan High and went on to Sheridan Community College. While attending Sheridan College he worked at the Artic Locker where he learned to cut meat, a trade that he fell back on many times over the years.
On Oct. 25, 1958, Bob married Gayle Rolston from Big Horn, Wyo. Their first child, Charles (Chuck), was born in June of 1959 in Sheridan. Bob continued working at the locker plant for another year, and then moved to Laramie to continue his education at the University of Wyoming. Their daughter, Leslie, was born in August of 1962, in Laramie.
Bob sold insurance for the Farm Bureau for 10 years. He bought the ranch in Bosler, Wyo. in 1970 and once again worked more than one job. He leased Wagonhound from 1975 to 1978 where he grazed cows and harvested hay. Those were some of the best years.
In 1978, he started to build a Farmers Insurance agency that he sold to his daughter in 2006. Bob attempted retirement many times; going as far as selling the cows, only to proclaim that he flunked retirement and thankfully hadn’t sold the heifers yet.
Bob and Gayle went to Bullhead City, Ariz., in the winter for several years enjoying the mild weather and Laughlin, Nev., just across the river.
Bob was especially proud of his three grandsons and their wives, enjoying time spent watching them start their own families. He was thrilled that his great-granddaughter, Brighton, was born on his 81st birthday.
Bob never met a stranger, loved children, playing cards, telling jokes and “stirring the pot.”
Bob is survived by his wife Gayle of 58 years, brothers Jim (Marilyn), Don (Mary); sister, Pat (Galen) Halverson; brother-in-law, Lyle (Carolyn) Rolston; son, Chuck (Sheryl), daughter, Leslie (Steve Roberts); grandsons, Ken (Erin), Andrew (Kate) Cliff (Melissa); and great-grandchildren, Vince, Emma and Brighton. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Elks Lodge on July 22 from 4-7 p.m. Memorials can be given to Hospice of Laramie or the Laramie Elks Lodge.
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